Dr. Henry Stubbe (1632-1676)
An English writer and scholar, his book “An Account of the Rise and Progress of Mahometanism, and a Vindication of him and his Religion from the Calumnies of the Christians”, written in 1671, is considered the first work in English sympathetic to Islam.
“It is written in Arabic Verse, and is not one continued poem, but a collection of sundry Surats or Poems which Mahomet published occasionally: the Language, the Stile, the Numbers are all so exquisite and inimitable, that Mahomet himself doth frequently urge this as the grand authentic Testimony of his Apostleship, that the Alcoran doth surpass all human wit and Fancy, and offered to be accounted an Impostor if any man could but write ten verses equal to any therein.
The Mahometans esteem each line of it as an intire miracle, and say if the Miracles are the credentials of a Prophet and proofs of his mission, that Mahomet brought three thousand demonstrations of his legislative power, that other Miracles(being performed but once and in the sight of a few) lose much of their Evidence and certainty when they are communicated to posterity, who are forced to rely upon the integrity and understanding of those from whom they receive the relations of them or by whom they are attested; but God by Mahomet took a better course in leaving to mankind one lasting miracle, the truth whereof should in all ages be satisfactory and convincing.
Thus say Beidavi & Ahmed Ben Edris. Alguazel tells us to this purpose, that the Coran is a transcendent miracle, and, which is more, one that is permanent from generation to generation; nor is there any lasting miracle of the Prophet, excepting that whereunto he appealed, challenging all the wits of Arabia, which place did then abound with thousands whose chief study was eloquence and poetry, to make so much as one chapter that might compare therewith, and thereby demonstrated to the most incredulous the truth of his Prophesy. In the Alcoran it is said that if men and angels should combine to write anything like it, they should fail in their enterprise. The truth is, I do not find any understanding author who controverts the elegancy of the Alcoran, it being generally esteemed as the standard of the Arabic language and eloquence…”
An Account of the Rise And Progress Of Mahometanism, Dr. Henry Stubbe, pg. 157-158, London Luzac & Co. 1911